“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.” - Ellen Goodman
As the end of 2015 is upon us, what better time to pause and reflect over the highs and lows of the last year? I know for myself, it was a year with a few rough spots and a lot of really amazing growth and wonderful happenings. It is so easy sometimes though to look back on the year and focus on the things you didn’t do, the opportunities you let pass you by or time spent one way when it could have been spent another way. We tend to focus on the negatives because we want so badly to make those things right in the New Year and so we sometimes forget to really give ourselves a round of applause on all the tasks we did accomplish the past year. We ask questions such as did I do enough this year? Was I able to accomplish all of my resolutions from last year and will I be able to do more this year? Did I live up to my full potential as a partner, businessperson, husband/wife, father/mother? As a society, we are always striving for better and more, working hard to live up to the potential we each know we possess inside of us. And sometimes, that can get to be a bit overwhelming.
For me, I have worked hard on not always looking at the bigger picture or too far down the road in the future, but focusing on the here and the now and what I can do each day I wake up to make the most of my potential for that day. Because I am the only one who can control how I go about things, how I work alongside others and how I will make the most of my time. So it is up to me to work through my days in a way that is both uplifting and accomplishing for myself and the people around me.
Of course, I always find myself thinking about future projects or possible investments down the road, it is only natural as you work on the specifics in your life, you build those up to make a bigger picture. And it is from those big pictures where you can reach for your full potential in every aspect of your life. For my resolutions this year, I have one main one, which is to finish my EMT classes and EKG certification so I can work on my Firefighter 1 classes as my goal is to become a volunteer firefighter.
My wife Brigette and I have also made a list of resolutions for the year together:
1. Brigette and I want to EACH close $10 Million in Sales in 2016.
2. To purchase one new rental property or vacation property
3. We would like to partner up with a local builder to help them market their properties.
4 .$50,000 In Gross Sales for our longboard company, LongJohns Longboards
5. Build a new website for Longjohns Longboards.
That list will continue to grow as the year goes on but I hope that every day, you will join me in finding your upmost potential and from there make some wonderful things happen for yourself in 2016.
May you all start off your 2016 with laugh, love and bright eyes for the year aheaD